Webinar – The Right Relationship in Corrections Can Reduce Risk: Here’s How

A Conversation with Michael Clark

Webinar hosted by David S. Prescott,
Editor of Safer Society Press


The jury is back in on what kinds of approaches can help reduce crime, make our communities safer, and build better lives along the way. Newly published findings report that 45% of all state prison admissions in the United States are due to violations of probation or parole—by way of new offenses or technical violations. Community corrections has become a paradox, not only failing in its mission to divert and remediate, but making matters worse. This commentary focuses on the direct practice of probation and parole officers, as they exert much influence on decisions to punish. It identifies groups that willfully contribute to this “prison pipeline.” This conversation will focus on how empowering risk-need-responsivity approaches with Motivational Interviewing, ending with a discussion of the benefits that caused Motivational Interviewing to be deemed a good fit for community corrections.


Michael Clark
Director, Center for Strength- Based Strategies

Michael D. Clark, MSW, has served as a probation officer and magistrate in Lansing, Michigan. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and is the director of the Center for Strength- Based Strategies, a technical assistance group that offers training in Motivational Interviewing to the corrections, addictions, and mental health disciplines. Mr. Clark has recently served as a contractual consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria, and is coauthor of the book Motivational Interviewing with Offenders: Engagement, Rehabilitation, and Reentry, published in 2017 by Guilford Press.

Comments 3

  1. Nice to meet you.
    I am a prison education stuff in Japan and a member of MINT.
    I will participate in webinar of Michael D. Clark.
    I am a fan of his book.
    I am not good at English, so I’m wonder if I can understand, but I’m looking forward to listen to his lecture.
    Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

  2. Hello Sir, my name is Chad Berkley and I am starting a nonprofit intended to help educate sex offenders and the general public at large.
    I am a former inmate who has completed treatment successfully.
    I wish to advocate on behalf of the prisoners for greater opportunities for treatment and education.

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